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Small Purchase Limits / Competitive Solicitation Thresholds (Updated for Fiscal Year 2017)

The Chief Procurement Officer of Higher Education has approved an increase to small purchase limits / competitive solicitation thresholds for individual procurements of supplies or services other than professional or artistic services, and procurement of construction. These adjustments are effective September 1, 2016. The adjusted small purchase limits / competitive solicitation thresholds are as follows:

Purchase Type Small Purchase Limit / Competitive Solicitation Threshold
Supplies, Equipment or General Services (Excludes Professional & Artistic Services) Less than or equal to $80,000
Construction Less than or equal to $100,000
Professional and Artistic Services including:
  • Law
  • Accounting
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Custom-Produced Art
Less than $20,000

Those construction-related professional services subject to the Architectural, Engineering and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act [30 ILCS 535] are exempted from the Procurement Code, and currently are required to be procured through competitive selection procedures if greater than or equal to $25,000.

Real property purchases and capital improvement leases continue to be subject to competitive solicitation through a request for information (RFI) if the purchase/lease is greater than or equal to $100,000 per year or greater than or equal to 10,000 square feet of space.

A notice is posted with the Rules as they are published at the Higher Education Electronic Bulletin web site.


If you have any questions about the new small purchase limits / competitive solicitation thresholds, please contact your campus purchasing department:

Urbana Purchasing

217-333-3505 -

Chicago Purchasing

312-996-7084 -

Springfield Purchasing

217-206-6651 -

Last Updated: August 26, 2016